Indiana University announced a new initiative Tuesday that will freeze tuition and fees for students who are on track to graduate in four years.
Responding to pressure from the State Commission for Higher Education to curtail tuition hikes, IU President Michael McRobbie announced the plan will be in place by next fall. The plan will freeze students’ tuition and fees after their sophomore year, assuming they are making satisfactory academic progress.
“Indiana University is serious about holding down the cost of an IU degree, and we are equally serious about providing incentives for our students to stay on course for completing their degrees on time,” McRobbie says.
McRobbie also announced that IU will be turning on a new state-of-the-art supercomputer this spring.
According to IU Vice President for Information Technology Brad Wheeler, the machine, known as Big Red II, will be the fastest university-owned computer in the world, capable of a thousand trillion mathematical computations a second.
“Our researchers from physicist, to life scientist, to protein folders to astronomers will be waiting in the queue to use it,” says Wheeler.
Wheeler says the machine will be particularly useful for those in biomedical fields, and can be used to track the spread of infectious disease.